Happy Mothers' Day to Catharine van Rensselaer Schuyler!
Catharine had fifteen kids over 25 years (the oldest and youngest sharing a birthday even 😮). Sadly, only eight survived to reach adulthood, but all received love and care from their mother.
Like all parent/child relationships, they sometimes clashed, with several children marrying in secret, dropping in and out of school, or running up large amounts of debt which their parents helped pay off, but family letters tell us that Catharine enjoyed a close relationship with her kids, even when they were out on their own, living far away. Angelica, who had been the first child to elope, wrote to her mother regularly from London in the 1790's, including a letter where she describes parties thrown for the Prince of Wales and his friends, and apparently sent her mother "a tea caddy and a card to make you laugh".
Want to learn more about the relationship between Catharine and her children? Join us for one out our women of Schuyler Mansion focus tours (check out our events page for more info!), or read some of the articles about the Women of Schuyler Mansion on our blog: http://schuylermansion.blogspot.com/search/label/women
If you missed it for Valentine's day, Mother's Day is the perfect time to read about another mother (and grandmother) from 18th century Albany- Brit, a woman enslaved by the Ten Broeck family, who raised her children with her husband Will, enslaved by the Schuylers. Read about them here: http://schuylermansion.blogspot.com/2019/02/not-two-miles-apart-brit-will-and-love.html